As children, Amir and Hassan would go kite flying together. They had won a highly sought after accomplishment of winning a kite running tournament, hence the name of the novel. When Amir asked for Hassan to get the last kite at the competition he yelled, “For you a thousand times over!” (Hosseini, 2003, p. 23). Hassan loved the thought of Amir being proud of him and would do anything in his capability to do so. Unfortunately, Hassan rarely received the credit and same recognition that Amir received because of his lowly social status of a Hazara.
At the tournament they must work as a synchronised team to defeat the other players. When they do win, Amir shouts with overflowing confidence “We won! We won!” Amir’s word choice of ‘we’ shows his powerful friendship between Hassan is perfectly united and attached. The kite in Afghanistan is used to reinforce the theme of loyalty and friendship. In the end of the story, where the two kite fight presented in the book are the actual reflection of their conflict and their lives.
Sacrifice, one the most prominent themes in Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, clearly determines a person’s unconditional love and complete fidelity for another individual. Hosseini’s best-selling novel recounts the events of Amir’s life from childhood to adulthood. Deprived of his father’s approval and unsure of his relationship with Hassan, Amir commits treacherous acts which he later regrets and attempts to search for redemption. These distressing occurrences throughout his youth serve as an aid during his transition from a selfish child to an altruistic adult. On the other hand, his Hazara servant and childhood friend, Hassan, has always remained loyal to Amir even with his atrocious betrayal.
When he goes off to a camp he tries to become the best warrior there can be “Kunta’s legs soon began to hurt- but not as soon or as badly they would have if he had not learned the manner of loose striding taught him by his father on their trip to the village of Janneh and Saloum. It pleased him to think that the other boy’s legs were hurting more than his” (pg. 120). The quote shows how even before this stage on his life his father has been training him and he is determined to do good by his father. This is similar tooo George when he finds his love for cockfighting.
He also learns that Hassan has a son named Sohrab, who is in a lot of danger in an orphanage in Kabul. Amir feels that he should take on the responsibility to get Sohrab because of what he did to Hassan in their past. Baba once said “A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything.” (Hosseini 78 ) Amir really took that to heart and not only wanted to prove his redemption to himself but also to
Escalator of Redemption There is always a chance for a scar to heal, no matter how long it is left to fester. In Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, since his childhood, Amir feels guilty towards his beloved ones. The more Amir acknowledges mistakes he makes and how they accumulate, the more redemption he yearns to achieve. Amir’s guilt originates after feeling accounted for his mother’s death—Baba’s true love. Subsequently, Amir resists to aid Hassan in his difficulty, fearing he will lose his father’s ‘love’, creating regret that will haunt him for the rest of his young life.
The symbol of dreams in The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, is an innovative story in which Amir, a Pashtun, and Hassan, a Hazara, grow up together in Afghanistan and are distraught with obstacles. Throughout this novel, Hosseini illustrates the symbol of dreams and how past mistakes can trouble a waking life. In The Kite Runner, Amir witnesses Hassan get raped which is a result to his vivid dreams. The day of the kite running contest in the winter of 1975 is when Amir’s life changed. Amir feels guilty for not helping Hassan, and tries to overcome it by avoiding it.
That is why redemption is a very important aspect of The Kite Runner. Amir finds himself seeking redemption with his father and with Hassan. Amir and his father don’t have the best relationship. At the beginning of the novel, Amir tells us that he understands why his father doesn’t like him. He says it is because Amir killed his wife during childbirth and now he resents him for it.
Mending a Broken Relationship In the powerful novel, The Kite Runner, author Khaled Hosseini tells the story of Amir, a coming of age character, who constantly struggles with maintaining a stable relationship with the people in his life. The story is set in Kabul, Afghanistan, where Amir and his loyal best friend, Hassan, grow up causing plenty of mischief. After a drastic event occurs, the two are separated, leaving Amir behind with no reasonable example of what a close relationship truly embodies. Consequently, this creates a chain of detrimental relationships for Amir in which he is not capable of successfully maintaining. Eventually, Amir and his father, Baba, move to America to escape the Russians, and must learn to live their lives in a diverse and unique country.